Profile Yura Min
Profile – About Yura Min
Yura Min is an American-born ice dancer with dual U.S. and South Korean citizenship. She represents the Republic of Korea in senior dance. Yura’s mother, Gina Chu, was born in Busan, South Korea. Her father, Harrison Min, and her sister, Lana, were born in Seoul. Yura’s parents and Lana immigrated to the U.S. in 1990, and settled in Torrance, California. Yura was born in Torrence on August 15, 1995, and graduated from Torrence High School in 2013.
In 2001, Yura started taking skating lessons, and with a heighten interest in the sport, she started competing in freestyle in 2003. Rafael Arutyunyan, Nadia Kanaeva, Anthony Liu, Anna Baram, Matthew Smith, and Shin Hae-Sook were her freestyle coaches. Yura was coached in ice dance by Oksana Grishuk, Peter Kongkasem, Darlene Gilbert and Patti Gottwein.
Yura teamed up with Igor Ogay under coach Igor Shpilband in 2012 to try out competing in ice dance. They won the silver medal in junior dance at the 2013 U.S. Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships and placed 11th in junior dance that year at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. They ended their partnership soon after. Realizing her love for ice dance, Yura searched for a partner.
She began representing South Korea internationally in 2013, skating with Timothy Koleto, with whom she competed through October 2014. Yura and Timothy were training under Igor Shpilband when Alex and his sister Danielle joined the group of ice dance teams training under him. Yura and the Gamelins were quick to become close friends.
Danielle Gamelin retired from competition in April 2015. Already close friends and both partnerless, Yura and Alex joined forces. The team worked well together immediately.
She is 5’4’’, has black hair and brown eyes, and is bilingual. To learn more about Yura Min visit wikipedia.